How to build a future-proof engineering team
For many years in tech, companies have encouraged employees to bring their home life to work. In the face of COVID-19 and an emerging new remote workforce, companies and leaders are being challenged to do the opposite — bring work and team culture, home.
As we enter this new era, it’s critical to build teams that encourage inclusion, community, and empathy.
Some leaders are struggling to answer these questions: how do you foster a team environment when you’re miles apart? When conversations at the water cooler and in-person brainstorm sessions can evolve into big company objectives, how do you find opportunities to collaborate and encourage out-of-the box ideas? And as a manager, how do you discover new ways to hire diverse and scalable teams?
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How to get a nursing job in 2019
Graduating from nursing school can be daunting enough, never mind trying to find a job afterwards. Even if you are already a nurse, the thought of a change of career can leave you with butterflies in your stomach. It is easy to stick with what you know, but why not spend 2019 doing new things and taking more risks, starting with looking for a new nursing job? Follow these simple rules and you’ll have a new role and new challenges in no time.
The first step you should take before any other is to make a plan. This may seem obvious, but it can be easy to lose track of where your career is headed if you don’t set yourself some targets and work out a way to achieve them. Start by listing all the areas of nursing that interest you and organise them into preferential order so you can see which sectors you should look at first, then start researching. There is plenty of information online; look on websites like The Royal College of Nursing, NHS, private nursing companies, job hunting sites and recruitment agencies for information. After you’ve identified a few sectors you would like to work in, consider how you will get there. Can you apply straight away? Do you need further training or education? If you do need further training, what will this cost and will it fit into your lifestyle? Once you can answer all of these questions, it’s time to get the ball rolling.
Not many people like networking, but it’s a necessary evil if you want to progress in your nursing career. Networking is great for making contacts to get shadowing opportunities and to hear of new job roles first. It can also be a great way to speak to senior colleagues about their experience and perhaps even find a mentor. Ask colleagues if they are aware of any conferences or nursing events, join groups associated with your hospital, healthcare practice or business if available or even think about starting your own if they are not. The Royal College of Nursing also hold many events throughout the year, so look at their website to see if you can find any near you.
An undergraduate degree may get you an entry level nursing position, but a masters will open a whole new world of opportunities. You should contact universities to see exactly what Advanced Nursing MSc courses will include, but generally there will be a few compulsory modules and various optional models that will allow you to look at a few areas of nursing in greater detail than you would at undergraduate level, possibly leading to a PhD which will secure even further opportunities and greater earning potential.
If you have completed further education or want to take a different path, ask your manager or mentor if there are any further training opportunities available in your current workplace. Sometimes employers won’t advertise these because, let’s face it, of the cost, but if you ask directly and are ambitious then further opportunities may open to you.
Shadowing is a great way to gain hands on experience and see if a role is right for you. If you are looking to move roles within the same business or hospital, speak to your manager or the person who deals with your training to arrange this. You should also visit the department you would like shadow in to speak to them and get your face known.
Shadowing may be more difficult to arrange if you want to move to a different company, healthcare practice or hospital. Ask your colleagues if they have any friends or acquaintances in the department you would like to move to and use these contacts wisely. If you have no contacts then get in touch by sending a formal letter requesting shadowing opportunities or work experience and follow this up with a phone call to the manager or the person in charge of hiring. Don’t bother emailing – emails are far too easy to ignore.
Join a reliable recruitment agency
Getting ahead in any job market is really about getting yourself out there and taking advantage of every opportunity offered to you. If you are struggling to do this on your own, it may be worth contacting a recruitment company. Time Recruitment is one of the best recruitment companies in the industry and have a massive range of private nursing jobs for you to choose from. They are a nationwide recruiter but offer a tailored, personal service that takes account of your individual skills and qualifications and offer roles based on these. We offer both temporary and permanent roles with a range of hours to fit around your life, so get in touch today for a new nursing job and a brighter, more interesting 2019.
How To Pursue A Career In Engineering in 2019
– Chemical engineering – designing and operating industrial chemical facilities, including in manufacturing and oil and gas
– Electronic or electrical engineering – relating to designing and manufacturing electrical components included in computer hardware and day to day products
– Mechanical engineering – concerned with the function of machines and mechanical equipment
– Materials and mineral engineering – studying and creating materials at an atomic level, for example in nuclear and aerospace functions
– Civil engineering – designing and constructing buildings and infrastructure, such as rail networks, water systems and roads
– Software engineering – designing systems and applications
Professional engineering networks offer a wealth of opportunities, from training talks, forums, networking opportunities and updates on developments in the industry. Joining one can give you a unique insight into what it is like to pursue a career in engineering, and what day to day life as an Engineer might involve. Importantly, it gives you the opportunity to learn from people who have carved a path ahead of you.
Investigate opportunities to learn for free
Many companies offer insight days, work experience and bursary schemes, sponsoring long-term education for prospective employees. Filling your 2019 calendar with events and opportunities to learn is a great way to take positive steps towards your new career.
Engineers week runs in early 2019 from 2nd to 8th March, in Ireland, and in November elsewhere in the UK (2019 dates are yet to be announced); this initiative is particularly useful for those still in eduction, with many schools and colleges running exciting events. The Tomorrow’s Engineer website provides more information and is generally a great place for budding young engineers to find more information and read case studies and biographies.
International Women in Engineering Day will take place on 23 June 2019. The inwed.org.uk website includes information on events taking place to mark the occasion. In 2018 these included talks by female engineers at BAE Systems, a networking evening at BDP, various university open days for girls and women of all ages, an open day at BP, Gala dinners and much more.
Many more opportunities await, hosted by universities, industry bodies and engineering companies alike.
Plan your route
Many engineering careers require extensive undergraduate, and even postgraduate, study, requiring careful planning at an early stage. If you’re lucky enough to be reading this post early on in your education, now is a great time for you to plan which subjects to take to maximise your options. At GCSE level, achieving strong grades in maths and science and, if possible, in IT, are helpful. At A-Level, maths and physics are key to most engineering careers, whilst chemistry is also required for chemical engineering. Completing an engineering degree in your chosen field, and from a good university (see The Times Good University Guide 2019 for guidance) puts you in a great place.
Apprenticeships are a fantastic option for those who don’t want to pursue further eduction, or who may not be able to complete a degree for any number of reasons. Completing an apprenticeship means you can learn on the job, often whilst earning at the same time. Many companies are currently advertising for 2019 engineering apprenticeships, making now a great time for you to take first steps towards a career in engineering.
Looking to transfer to engineering from an existing career? It’s not too late. Many people have made successful transitions to engineering from other careers. Achieving additional qualifications is the best way to do this if possible. Although it might seem daunting, look for ways to lighten the burden of a career change; perhaps your existing employer is able to sponsor your qualification, or you may be able to secure a bursary elsewhere. Check out the profiles on the Tomorrow’s Engineers website, which includes those of career changers.
How to achieve your career goals in 2019
It doesn’t matter what type of job you have or which career path you want to follow. Whether it’s in healthcare, engineering or construction, these steps will give you what you need to achieve career success and meet your goals in 2019.
1. Look back at 2018
What went well for you at work in 2018, and what didn’t go as well as you hoped? If you know what was a success for you this year, you can do more of it next year, and obviously, less of the things that really didn’t get you where you want to go.
Think about what you can learn even from the things that went wrong that you might be able to improve on next year.
2. Decide what you want
Really think about your career and where you are going with it. Do you still want the same things you did previously, or are you thinking of a complete career change for 2019?
Be honest with yourself. It might be pretty scary to admit that the career you once loved is no longer making you happy, but it’s better to acknowledge it and do something about it than spend the next 20 or 30 years in a job that makes you miserable.
You’ve only got one life. Why spend it in a job that makes you dread going to work every single day?
3. Set your goals
While it’s good to keep in mind what you want, you’re much more likely to meet your goals if you actually write them down.
Not only that, but if you have measurable goals, you can look back every month or every quarter and see how you are doing against the goals you set at the beginning of the year. You can also adjust your goals if anything changes if you look at them regularly.
Work out your main aim for your career for 2019 and look at where you can break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks. For example, if you’re hoping to get a promotion, you could look at salary scales to see what sort of pay you can reasonably expect in that role. You could talk to someone who already does that job and ask for advice. You could talk to your manager about your current performance to see how close you are to the performance you’d need in your new job.
Think about the steps you can take to reach your new career goal and write them down. You’ll then have a proper plan and a way to achieve it.
4. Write down your ‘WHY’
Why do you want this job or this career change? What difference will that make to your life?
Picture your life with your new job and imagine how that will feel and what else you will have in your life from making that change? Is it more money, more free time, flexible working hours with the chance to be able to attend the kids’ concerts and daytime events? Or are you finally getting your dream job?
What tangible things will you get from having your new career? How much more money? What sort of lifestyle?
Keeping those things in mind is very motivating and can keep you going and working towards your end goal, even if it gets hard.
5. Research the job you want
The more you know, the more prepared you are in terms of making sure you have the experience and the skills you need, and the better you can prepare for your job hunt, and the recruitment process, including the interview.
And that means you’ll be far more confident in going forward than you would be if you simply ‘wing it’.
6. Put your best foot forward
Update your CV, your LinkedIn page, and, if it’s relevant to your job search, your portfolio. Ensure everything is cohesive and consistently tailored to your new career goals.
If you already have letter templates you’ve written from applying to previous jobs, it’s also a good idea to take a fresh look at them. Are they still relevant? Do you need to tweak them to fit your new goals?
7. Look at any new skills or qualifications you’ll need
While you might have the experience to take the next step in your career, the job you want may need a particular qualification – or a particular skill – you don’t have.
If you do your research early enough, you can ensure you have everything planned into your 2019 calendar for when to apply for courses and what the start dates are so you know that, even if you can’t make your big move in 2019, you’ll at least be sure you have every last piece in place ready for the year after.
If you get your planning and career goal setting done now and stick to what you’ve planned out, 2019 really could be the year you finally get where you want to go with your career.
5 reasons why you should pursue a career in construction
Do you enjoy working with your hands? Do you like to see the results of your labour? Are you looking for a stable career where you can earn good money? Do you dream of one day running your own company? Then working in the construction industry could be exactly what you are looking for.
Working in construction allows you to learn a variety of skills and to work in different places. It offers job stability and career progression. Construction work can be both rewarding and satisfying. Here are five reasons you should pursue a career in construction:
- It’s not a desk job
It can seem to a lot of people that there is no alternative but to be trapped in an office from 9 to 5 every day. Construction offers a fantastic career that allows you to avoid this fate. Sitting at a desk for eight hours a day might suit some people but for many of us, there couldn’t be anything worse. Recent studies have shown that sitting too long can drastically shorten your lifespan even if you work out regularly. It’s not just that sitting at a desk is bad for you it can also be incredibly boring. Working in construction there are many roles that allow you to work outside and be active all day doing something with tangible results. No need to go to the gym after work as you can get all the exercise you need on the job.
- Career stability and progression
The construction industry is constantly growing and as it does so, it needs to recruit even more workers. There is an increasing demand for construction workers so choosing to work in this industry can give you a job for life without being forced to change careers at an inconvenient time. These days many industries are worried about how increasing automation will affect employment. In construction, new technologies are actually creating more jobs, as people are needed to operate more sophisticated machines.
Construction offers great opportunity to progress and develop your career. Beginning in an entry-level position as a labourer you will have the chance to learn new skills and take on more advanced roles. Those with managerial ambitions will in time have the opportunity to run their own construction firms.
- Earn money quickly
If you start work in the construction industry as an apprentice you can begin work as soon as you finish high school. Whilst you are learning your trade you will earn a percentage of what a qualified worker earns, and that percentage will increase each year. You won’t make a full salary at first but you will be making an income while other people your age are completing their A-levels and earning nothing at all. Once you have completed your apprenticeship your take-home pay will increase by a large amount and will continue to grow year on year. By the time some people have completed university and got themselves into thousands of pounds of debt, you will have learnt a trade and have a well-paying career.
- Diversity of roles and opportunities
Building a home requires a wide range of different skills and trades. A firm building a new home will employ up to 30 different tradespeople to help them complete the task. Engineers, roofers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters and many more are required for many construction projects. This means that as you progress through your career you can choose which parts of the process best suits your personal taste so that you can specialise in that particular area.
Not only are there a diverse number of roles you can do in the construction industry but there are also a lot of options about where you work. Construction projects take place all over the country and you have the chance to work wherever suits you best. Many of the roles require the same skills and knowledge everywhere in the world, so a career in construction can allow you to travel abroad while earning a living.
- Job satisfaction
For most people, their jobs entail doing a small part of a process where they never get to see the results of their contributions. Jobs like this can be extremely frustrating and dispiriting after a while. Working in construction, on the other hand, can be highly rewarding. Wiring a home and then testing all the switches seeing what your hard work and craft has achieved can be very satisfying. When you are part of building a home you get to see the physical impact your work has had on the landscape. Through your efforts, you have helped turn a piece of unused land into somewhere that people can live and raise a family. There are very few career paths that let you see, in concrete terms, something that you have helped build with your own hands.
How to stay productive over the Christmas period
Christmas is coming, and for many people it can be a time of great stress. Not only is there family and finances to consider over the festive season, work also becomes an issue. Christmas is often associated with a flurry of activity from people trying to get everything done before their holidays. This means an increased workload which, without proper management, can easily consume you.
Retaining productivity over the Christmas period, then, becomes of the utmost importance. There are many things you can do to help you achieve this. The following key steps are applicable to everyone – from recruitment professionals to job-seekers and workers in a variety of different industries.
<h2>Step 1 – organise your workload</h2>
Before you can do anything, you need to develop a list of the tasks you have and the goals you need to achieve over the Christmas period. This is particularly helpful for a number of different reasons. It gives you a clear and easily visible overview of your tasks. When everything is swirling around in your mind, it can seem like there are not enough hours in the day. Breaking things down will make everything much more accessible and manageable.
Once you have listed everything you know you need to get done, it’s time to prioritise your workload. But how do you do that? There will be things that are obviously important to get done soon, and others which may seem a little more open to debate. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to <a href=”https://blog.rescuetime.com/how-to-prioritize/”>prioritise your workload</a>.
<h2>Step 2 – Develop a timetable</h2>
With a hectic workload looming, it can be tempting to want to dive in head-first. But you should invest a little bit more time at the beginning to develop and write a timetable that you can follow over the Christmas period. This will allow you to stay on course, and you’ll always know what you have to do next. It may not seem like much, to begin with, but when you’re buried in your work you will appreciate that guidance.
It’s also important to note that there are genuine <a href=”https://www.shopify.com/content/6-psychological-benefits-of-writing-things-down”>benefits to writing things down</a>. The obvious one is that it helps you remember what you have to do next. But it will also help you think clearer and more logically. When you have a tangible view of your schedule, it becomes so much easier to manage.
<h2>Step 3 – Expect the unexpected</h2>
When you’re developing your timetable for the Christmas period, it’s important that you remember things will always crop up when you least expect them to. So you should engineer strategic gaps into your timetable and your list of work priorities to account for something coming up that you didn’t anticipate.
This isn’t something that’s easier said than done. When you’re developing your timetable, give yourself an extra hour spare every day – this should be ample time to deal with most things that will crop up. The temptation is to cram your schedule to get things done faster, but the reality is that this isn’t feasible if you’re planning ahead.
You never know what’s going to crop up – give yourself the time in advance so that you’re not in a rush when it does.
<h2>Step 4 – Give yourself a break</h2>
That temptation to cram as much work as possible into a short space of time can be strong, but it’s not healthy. There are many reasons why <a href=”http://www.workplacesafetyadvice.co.uk/importance-of-adequate-breaks.html”>work breaks are important</a>, so aside from your “just in case” time, you should be giving yourself breaks through your workday.
How often you’ll need a break will depend on a variety of factors including your age, health, and the nature of the work that you’re doing. But it’s of the utmost importance to remember that taking a reasonable break isn’t sacrificing your productivity. Quite the opposite, in fact; in many ways, it’s actually making you more productive, if you’re judging based on the quality of the end result.
If you’re tired, you’ll end up getting sloppy and the quality of your work will suffer. You’ll also risk suffering health and mental issues such as exhaustion, lethargy, and even developing depression. Ultimately, it’s not worth it. A strategic 15-minute break to empty your mind and recharge your batteries can make all the difference.
<h2>Keeping your head</h2>
If you follow these tips, you should find it much easier to manage your workload over the Christmas period. It can be difficult staying productive when you have so much to do, both at work and at home, so it’s important to give yourself every opportunity that you can.
Before you do anything, stop and take a step back. Positive thinking makes all the difference. Remember, you’re more than capable of staying productive – as long as you follow these steps.
Key skills all healthcare professionals need to possess
The healthcare industry today is made up of various professions that not only include classical fields such as medicine, nursing and pharmacy, but also relatively newer fields such as bionic prosthetics and medical imaging, and everything in between. Healthcare professionals working in these varied fields often meet those working in other specialised fields and unfamiliar professional contexts. For example, a staff nurse at a busy emergency ward works as part of a multi-speciality team and must routinely liaise with nurses, doctors and others within the context of her professional practice. However, the staff nurse may also have to deal with other professionals, such as paramedics, police, lawyers and patients’ family on a regular basis. The skills required to cope in such a work environment are expected of all healthcare professionals in varying degrees. Therefore, besides honing the skills required to perform the tasks within their own professional contexts, healthcare professionals need to possess the following set of skills to help them survive and excel in the healthcare industry.
DEVELOP A PLAN FOR ONGOING CONTINUOUS EDUCATION
Healthcare professionals face a constant need to keep themselves informed about the current advances in their respective fields. Without either the willingness or a plan to engage in ongoing continuous education, it is hard to survive in a competitive healthcare industry. Lucrative and challenging opportunities in the workplace are offered to those who demonstrate a habit of educating themselves according to the evolving demands of their respective fields. From the perspective of seeking successful recruitment as a healthcare professional, it is vital to show evidence of a plan to undertake continuous education in one’s own field.
IMPROVE AND BUILD ON INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
Interpersonal skills play a key role in the functioning of healthcare professionals. These skills include verbal and non-verbal communication, listening and reporting, oral or computer-aided presentation, heightened confidentiality, and other such soft skills. In most situations, healthcare professionals will need to exercise these skills not only in the context of a patient or a client, but among their colleagues who may or may not be associated with the same professional context. Effective interpersonal skills are highly valued when healthcare professionals happen to be the first point of contact in a medical setting or as the face of a firm in a corporate setting.
ALWAYS GIVE ATTENTION TO DETAIL
In the healthcare industry, roles and responsibilities are a part of a web of tasks within a bigger process. There, professionals work under the impression that the quality and precision of work handed to them is of the highest standards even as they strive to meet the highest standards themselves. A small error at any point will compromise the efforts and resources spent on the bigger process by all others involved. Furthermore, given the nature of the industry, consequences may be life-altering and incur heavy financial losses. Therefore, healthcare professionals must always give due attention to every detail.
BUILD AN ATTITUDE OF SHOWING EMPATHY
The healthcare industry functions in such domains where notions of investigation, examination, suspicion, and ambiguity are the norm of particular contexts of healthcare practice. As a natural consequence, there will be grievances, complaints, distrust, pain, agitation, apathy and confusion among the various parties involved. The calm and composed demeanour of healthcare professionals is the expected response to act as a buffer in such situations. This response is achieved by developing an attitude of empathy towards patients, colleagues, or clients. It is also helpful to develop a skilful response of empathy to make informed decisions when working under stress and pressure to meet targets. A calm, considerate and empathetic approach to problem-solving is valued as an efficient professional approach in high-risk situations rather than a rigid adherence to formal procedures and general protocol.
DEMONSTRATE FLEXIBILITY IN ACCEPTING AND DELEGATING TASKS
In most healthcare professions, there is a professional culture of working as teams or groups. Overall success and/or performance is measured and valued at the level of both the individual and their respective team. A demonstrable level of flexibility in sharing tasks among the individual members of a team is reflective of the team’s performance and vice versa. Flexibility could also be demonstrated by a willingness to accept extra roles and/or responsibilities during crucial periods at a firm or team.
FACILITATE AND MODEL AN ORGANIC WORK ETHIC
Transparent and unhindered flow of information is the driving force of any team functioning at their highest professional standards. Making an intentional effort to maintain effective communication among their relevant professional links is extremely important for a healthcare professional. A healthcare professional must view their team or company as an organism that always requires constant information-sharing among its organs. Effective communication skills and an understanding of confidentiality will improve an organic work ethic among healthcare professionals.
Succession Planning and Flexibility: Vital for Management
Now more than ever before, both employers and management job seekers need to think ahead.
Economic pressures are crushing more big name brands every week. And some of the longest established UK organisations are being left behind in the race to seize the coat tails of technological advancement. New levels of data science, automation and connectivity are exciting beyond words, but failure to keep pace with the changes demanded can be fatal!
The construction trade is a perfect illustration of this. There is massive demand for new housing in the UK and relative buoyancy in other sectors. Yet, in the third quarter of 2018 the number of UK companies going under in this sector increased by almost 80% when compared to the same period in 2017.
The reasons for this are complex
However, the one thing no organisation can currently afford is to have key posts left unfilled for long periods. The window of opportunity to seek and appoint a suitable candidate for decision making and leadership roles is now smaller than ever!
In fact, the battle to juggle profitability and harness change means losing one of the management team even for short periods can have a serious knock-on effect. Also, handover periods can be unsettling and distracting.
Apart from handcuffing executives with long notice periods (which can be off-putting for suitable applicants), what else can organisations do, to survive management churn?
And what are the implications for applicants for executive positions?
Well orchestrated recruitment and retention
Succession planning is something many organisations do in a piecemeal fashion. In fact, it should be a central part of business strategies.
How can your organisation be sure of a structured and sustained management profile, over the coming years?
This involves having a great deal of transparency and control over current job specs and talent mapping what you already have available. It also means constantly planning ahead, tying recruitment campaigns to the positions you may need to fill, rather than solely focusing on current needs.
Who is set to retire? Who can double up on responsibilities when a key post becomes vacant unexpectedly?
Putting a clear succession plan in place also needs to include setting up systems to act more speedily and decisively when sudden departures occur. For example, having a recruitment agency on hand who knows your business (and its plans) well enough to be extremely responsive.
One of the most important ways to underpin succession planning, is to protect and nurture your management “assets”.
This includes having clear career paths for junior and new managers; and equipping them with the training and support needed to reach their full potential.
The funding for management and leadership development is contracting. This may become more noticeable during the Brexit phase, as EU funding streams dry up.
Yet the need to constantly upskill supervisors and middle management has never been more important, not least to stop them looking elsewhere for the next rung in their career ladder.
Changes to recruitment practices
Another solution is to create a more fluid and flexible recruitment culture, as part of your organisation’s determination to create a healthier succession profile.
So for example, you may have a management post that ideally should involve a permanent contract. However, are there ways to use temporary or interim recruits to avoid leaving significant gaps in the team?
The benefits of this can outweigh the concerns that it’s not a permanent fix. Using more temporary contracts offers the opportunity to recruit key skills and experience you need for the “now”. Then, as your business changes and grows, you can vary the attributes you are seeking from your recruitment campaigns.
If you are facing change, opportunity or even a financial crisis, getting temporary staff with important skills on board only works if you have access to the right calibre of candidate of course. This too can mean having access to a recruitment agency that knows your business well. And one that you have sufficient faith in, to match your temporary recruitment needs effectively and fast.
Applying for management roles?
From the applicants’ point of view, the new and increased emphasis on succession planning brings important considerations.
For one thing, you need to look for future employers who can show how you fit into long-term business plans. And how they intend to develop your role, including investing in your training.
You also have more opportunities to discuss temporary and interim contracts, leading to a more permanent post. This can provide you with opportunities to vary your experience and develop your cv, or at the very least “check out” an employer before agreeing to a long-term contract.
Harness recruitment to business planning
The ability to introduce effective talent mapping and succession planning relies on recruitment systems that are well planned and executed, and unfailingly successful.
To underpin your business plan with proactive and reactive recruitment measures, talk to the team at Time Recruitment.
6 Construction Career Paths you Should Consider
Despite the UK building industry growing each year (it was worth nearly £164 billion in 2017), job seekers still overlook construction as a potential career path. Often, people buy into the preconceived notion that you have to fit into a specific group for a career in construction when in reality it’s a suitable area for people of all ages and genders – according to Statista, there’s over 2.7 million people currently employed in the sector (https://www.statista.com/topics/3797/construction-industry-in-the-uk/). Below we’ve detailed a range of different options you may not have considered before.
- White collar
If you come from a white collar background, you might be excited to hear that the amount of white collar jobs in the UK construction market is on track for massive growth – the Construction Industry Training Board predicts that 158,000 UK construction jobs will be created before 2022 (https://www.citb.co.uk/news-events/uk/2018/construction-set-for-growth-despite-brexit-uncertainty/).
The industry is eager to modernise and boost productivity, and instead of blue collar construction workers, it’s white collar professionals who will be most equipped to help with this. White collar construction jobs will include professional and managerial positions (i.e. BIM managers and estimators). However, these professionals will be based away from building sites in office spaces, IT suites and meeting rooms.
- Blue collar
Of course, the skilled labour of blue collar workers will still be very much in demand as well. The skills needed for these types of roles vary by occupation, but they include good balance and strong hand-to-eye coordination. Typical blue collar construction roles are labour intensive, so good physical strength is vital too. Blue collar roles such as labourers, welders, plasterers, ironworkers, roofers, and carpenters are still necessary in construction, and these jobs come with practical hands-on learning and progression.
Refurbishment projects offer various challenges, and they often employ a range of different individuals from start to finish. Early in the process, they require building surveyors who can provide expert advice in regards to the building’s condition and the work that will need to be done to ensure the integrity and safety of the structure – they can then help calculate the costs of these repairs. Moving forward from this stage, refurb projects will need architects who specialise in refurbishment to help envision the future of the building. Finally, refurb projects require a great site team of blue collar workers who can turn these plans into a reality.
Despite retail construction declining between 2007 and 2017 due to the recession (https://www.amaresearch.co.uk/products/retail-construction-2018), this sector does offer high volumes of work. In particular, the discount grocery sector has remained strong, with expansion plans offering great opportunities for contractors.
In a retail setting, construction know-how is applied to creating great spaces for retail-related businesses to flourish. This very specific type of design must take into account the needs and goals of the business itself, as well as those of potential customers. Potential jobs in this area include architects, structural engineers, logistics managers, site technicians, and quality assurance managers, among others.
Dominated by the private sector, the leisure construction industry has experienced better construction output conditions than many other sectors in the last five years (https://www.amaresearch.co.uk/products/construction-hotel-leisure-2018). Investment has mainly focused on budget hotels, health and fitness resorts, and pubs and restaurants. Current forecasts, however, indicate good overall growth for the leisure sector as we look towards 2022.
Construction jobs within the leisure market are particularly good for those who are looking to travel to new and interesting places. Of course, not every site will be in an exotic location, but leisure projects are often being planned and built in areas that people enjoy visiting. If you yourself have a background in the leisure or hospitality sector, your knowledge of what makes a great environment for downtime will be invaluable. Though leisure is about enjoyment it’s also vital that these projects create spaces that are functional. Roles in this area could include project managers, site surveyors, designers and architects, as well as blue collar roles such as painters, decorators, and electricians.
The commercial building sector experienced a resurgence earlier this year (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/03/02/construction-sector-hints-recovery-commercial-building-picks/), with a greater focus on constructing offices, industrial property, factories, and institutional buildings. These projects can vary vastly in scale and requirements but are often larger projects like warehouses or expansive office blocks. They need very different kinds of structural, plumbing and electrical work compared to other large-scale projects and are built with functionality as the priority. In this sector, you’ll have the chance to work with lots of companies who are willing to put in the extra money to design and build something that really meets the demands of their growing company.
We hope that after reading some of these routes you can take you might be more open minded to pursuing a career in the construction industry. We assure you there are few things more rewarding than seeing a great project you’ve worked on come to fruition. No matter your age, experience or gender, you’ll find a niche within construction that you can really excel in. Our website has a range of construction positions that you can apply for right now. Why not make your first step into this exciting field today?
Exciting Nursing Career Options in 2018
A nursing career offers speciality paths, which allow nurses to work in many fields – clinical or nonclinical. Nurses plan and provide medical care to people in various settings, and they work together with doctors and other medical and non-medical professionals to provide high-quality care to patients. To work as a nurse, you need to first complete a nursing degree or diploma. Most nursing degrees have an option of specialising.
Licensing and registration
You have to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) so you can get a practising licence and the licence needs to be renewed every three years. Apart from just paying for the renewal fees, you need to have attained at least 35 hours of continuous professional development and have at least 450 hours of registered practice in the last three years. You also have to pass the Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Apart from having the technical skills gained from going to school, there are some personal attributes that you need. You have to be compassionate, committed and dedicated to helping people get better. You must also have excellent organisational skills.
Nursing offers a wide array of exciting career options that have many opportunities for promotion. Some nurses work in primary care, which is the first point of contact when providing health care. Others work in secondary care, which happens after first contact and involves the provision of specialised medical treatment services.
Nurses can choose various specialities based on a specific demographic of patients like: adults, the elderly, people with learning disabilities or people with mental issues. These specialities include mental health nursing, general nursing, paediatric nursing, learning disability nursing or geriatric nursing.
Mental health nursing
Mental health nurses work with people with mental disorders and their families in various settings and teams that meet specific needs they have. Some nurses work in a clinical inpatient setting helping people whose recovery requires that they be admitted. Other mental health nurses work in outpatient centres, forensic and residential services. A lot of mental health nurses also belong to community health teams that work with patients in their own homes or within local communities.
Before you become registered as a mental health nurse, you have to complete your mental health nursing degree. After qualifying you have to garner some experience, skills and knowledge, before seeking out opportunities in roles and settings that you want to work in.
Some organisations give rotational schemes that allow new nurses to work in various settings in mental health services. This approach enhances one’s job prospects and even helps one to choose which setting would be the best for them to work in. The experience builds up their management skills and takes them from just being a staff nurse to become a consultant.
Mental health nurses need some qualities to enable them to become better nurses. They need to be good listeners, empathetic and be able to respond appropriately to their patients. They must have good observation and interpersonal skills so that they can comprehend the issues and concerns that their clients have. They need to be emotionally intelligent and be able to help their patients find solutions.
Geriatric nursing refers to nursing that entails taking care of the elderly. It can also be called old age nursing. A lot of elderly people are located in nursing homes. The nurse’s role includes assessing older clients, providing care for them and working with them together with their families. Nurses can work as regular staff or as deputies to the matron. If they have enough experience they can become matrons and be in charge of the staff and control budgets. Nurses can rise higher up the ranks and work as regional managers in charge of a group of homes. Statistics show that there are more beds in nursing homes compared to government facilities. This means that a geriatric nurse will have a lot of employment offers coming from both the government and other players in the private sector.
Learning disability nurse
People with a learning disability are impaired when it comes to their intellectual and social functions. Unlike other people, where their impairments may stem from an accident or illness in adulthood, their impairments are present from childhood. People with learning disabilities experience sensory, physical and/or mental health issues.
Learning disability nurses work together with other professionals to help people with learning disabilities, their families and even in their career lives. These nurses work with people that society has always excluded and their main aim is to help them live fully integrated into society by assisting them to meet their health, well-being and career goals. Adult nurses can work in prisons, community teams, secure services and respite homes.
At Time Recruitment we have close to two decades of experience in the recruitment and placement industry. Our job is to make sure that you meet the requirements of the job you want to apply for. We will offer you the same excellent services and attention to detail regardless of whether you are new to work or an experienced professional. We have offices in Manchester, London and Birmingham.
3 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Start a Career in Finance
The finance sector remains one of the best choices as a career path. As a vital pillar in the business and government worlds, the demand for qualified finance workers will never decrease.
To the outsider, the finance sector can appear daunting. Being a maths-based career, with levels of high risk and responsibility involved depending on the amounts of money handled, many often feel they are under-qualified to pursue a career in finance – but this isn’t true.
The key to building a stable career in finance is knowing where to start. We considered the many routes into the financial sector and have concluded you need to answer just three questions in order to decide whether a career in finance is for you, and which part of finance you should work in:
- Where can I fit into the current job climate in finance?
The UK is a big territory for major companies such as Deloitte, KPMG and PwC, as well as well-known brands such as Barclays, HSBC and Santander. Keep an eye on their employment trends and the kinds of finance workers they are looking for, which are generally an indicator of national trends.
If you’re not interested in working for a major company, or have a specific area of interest, e.g. working for a charity, do your research into the employee profiles of three to five companies you would like to work for. This will help you compile a list of qualifications or experience you need in order to progress.
Changes to the nature of jobs available in finance may change as a result of Brexit. The availability of financial services jobs – mainly retail banking or insurance – is something to keep watch over before you pursue a career. Conversely, jobs in debt management, collection or lending may increase in availability.
- Which route should I take into finance?
There is no set route to take to succeed in the financial sector, and there are many positions that do not require certain qualifications or experiences. All routes can be summarised into four main choices:
- A BA/MA degree in finance, followed by a graduate-level job.
- Higher Education qualifications available as full-time or part-time programmes, such as an AAT diploma or CICM certificate.
- Apprenticeships at certain companies, more often available to school, college and university leavers.
- Entry-level job in administration/payroll departments.
If you are currently studying for a degree, finance or not, companies tend to look for 2:1 or above before offering a graduate position in finance. Depending on what you choose to do in finance, you may be required to take on further qualifications. This tends to be the case in accounting or credit management.
If you are not currently studying, it is possible to enrol on a Higher Education course at any age. Many often take an entry-level role in finance with the option of having further studies funded.
- What type of career do I want to have in finance?
Accounting is often the first career path that comes to mind, but many prospective accountants do not realise the many different types of accounting there are. Accountants can work in advisory, assurance, auditing or tax roles, and have their services used by businesses, private clients, governments and in special cases such as market analytics, fraud investigations and bankruptcy recoveries. All accountants must hold qualifications from a chartered body such as the AAT, ATT or ICAEW.
Another growing career option is in debt, lending and collection. From credit controllers upwards, the need for finance workers in the debt space is ever pertinent. Working with debt means chasing outstanding payments and adjusting payment plans or coming to alternative arrangements if a client faces financial difficulties. Starting routes into a career in the debt space are usually as a credit controller or debt collection agent. Through the educational route, business-related degrees are considered desirable. Through work experience, employees may choose to undertake a Chartered qualification from CICM.
Other popular job choices in the finance sector include banking, both retail and investment (managing the accounts open and soliciting financial products such as ISAs, mortgages and loans to bank members, or following investment strategies for high-value assets entrusted with the bank), investment management (managing assets such as properties or stocks and shares and ensuring investors remain in profit) and in insurance or actuarial roles (underwriting the monetary value of a client’s possessions to insure them against their possible loss, e.g. homes, cars, or working out the statistics for evaluating items for insurance policies based on probability).
If you can answer these three questions, then it’s time to take the next step. If you need more help before choosing a finance career, our recruitment professionals can guide you through the specifics of the different pathways, such as information about particular qualifications or helping you secure work experience.
Career Advice for Young Engineers
Sometimes you go through life and get to a point where you wish you could reset the clock and you regret not applying the lessons you learned early on in your career path. As a young engineer, you have the chance to do that by following advice offered by experienced engineers about what they wish they knew when starting their engineering careers.
The modern workforce is proof of how things evolved as compared to the recent past. Statistics show that young professionals do not keep one job for thirty years at a time anymore. Young engineers bring with them a wide range of skills to the workforce and there is continuously a chance to pick up something new. Here are the best ways to make the most of your career as a young engineer:
Get a Mentor
It might seem rather obvious, but borrowing the wisdom of a more practised and qualified role model can efficiently provide the support that you need to develop in your career. Just like all other industries, finding a person to inspire you to better yourself and that pushes you beyond your limits to better yourself will downright foster your career on a favourable path. By observing your superiors, you get to learn how to exercise leadership. Take a look at the engineers you admire and adopt their strengths to your portfolio. If there are superiors that you do not admire, note their weaknesses and work on avoiding repeating them in your career path.
Learn the Skill of People Management
Creating an arsenal of proficient abilities and skills outside the confines of engineering curricula can tremendously improve your value as an engineer in an organization. The crème of this list is the skill of managing people, specifically other engineers. The underlying science and technology with engineering solutions evolve continually and so quickly that only a few people can stay up to date. However, there are always new people bringing forth new skills, enthusiasm and understanding. The key remains at recognizing your tasks as a young engineer and developing your skills as a people’s manager so you can successfully set the stage for next-generation engineers.
Contrary to popular wisdom, for the engineering world, it is dangerous to remain silent to seem wise. Probing questions enable us to consider the available options, extends our comfort zones and propels us to career growth. Questions are not stupid, and you should ask them as often as they come to mind. Even the most basic of questions can pick holes in engineering designs, so be sure to fire up your curiosity and keep it high at all times. By so doing, you get the chance to inspire others to consider diversified points of view throughout the design and actuation process. It’s been proven that even the questions that look simple and stupid can help uncover design problems and thus allow the improvement of designs. The power that lies with curiosity and asking questions in the workplace is fantastic and helps clarify things along the way. Also, these questions could provide real-time design solutions that would make your portfolio standout in future.
Never Stop Learning
As a smart young engineer, you should recognize that your diploma is just a starting point of a career that needs constant education and re-education. Even after recruitment, the vocation of a successful young engineer is marked by a continuous stream of learning curves that ultimately take you to supreme expertise levels. The education gained at the university is just the beginning, and in the practical world, you have all the tools to study and the courage to keep learning to be a professional.
Stay up to Date with Other Engineering Fields
Engineering innovation can always arise from the most unexpected of places. Although specialization will remain a highlight in the future, there is a critical need for the cross-pollination of ideas from engineering disciplines. Innovations made in the oil and gas industry can impact motor or aerospace engineering, for example, new products and materials discovered in one sector can directly influence the design of new concepts in other areas. As a young engineer, strive to keep up with as many industries as possible. Do not just follow to trends in your expertise, but in adjacent disciplines as well. As cross-pollination is now, more than ever, a feature of engineering disciplines and innovations, being at the top gives you an edge for the career growth you need.
For a steady career growth after recruitment; having a mentor; expanding one’s curiosity and skillset, and continually and expansively seeking education are crucial for a young engineer.